- Associated Press - Friday, May 1, 2015

COLCHESTER, Vt. (AP) - A Vermont utility plans to offer customers home batteries that can be used to store power either from the grid or from rooftop solar panels.

Green Mountain Power says it will be one of the first energy companies to offer the Powerwall, a home battery manufactured by Tesla. The batteries can store electricity that can be used during a storm or other emergency to power essential parts of a home such as lights, refrigerators and furnaces.

Green Mountain Power says it will work with customers to use the batteries during peak energy times to lower costs for customers.

The company will begin receiving Powerwalls in October and will make them available in Rutland first, followed by customers statewide. They will cost about $4,000, and financing will be available.

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